London, Oct 21 (UNI) Coming down heavily on the British people for the growing number of cases of abortion, the archbishop of Canterbury said the procedure has become a normal practice, rather than being a last resort.
Dr Rowan Williams wrote in an article in the Observer that people are close to slipping to a new ''default position'' on the issue of abortion.
The views come in the wake of the 40th anniversary of the 1967 Abortion Act of Britain being less than a week away.
''There has been an obvious weakening of the feeling that abortion is a last resort in cases of extreme danger or distress.
Nearly 200,000 abortions a year in England and Wales tell their own story.'' He claimed that the growing belief that abortion is essentially a matter of individual decision means it is no longer the kind of major moral choice that should involve a sharing of perspective and judgement.
Noting the way the anti-abortion movement is becoming increasingly vocal, the archbishop wrote ''Paradoxically, the language of foetal rights has strengthened over the past few decades, leading to a real tension with this growing normalisation of abortion.'' UNI